[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Police Pension Plan
[Adopted 7-21-1977 by Ord. No. 77-5]
The following persons shall be entitled to receive pension or retirement benefits as hereinafter provided:
Each police officer employed by this municipality on a full-time basis who shall have 20 years of continuous service with this municipality and who shall have attained 65 years of age and who shall have received an honorable discharge.
"Continuous service" shall mean full-time employment with this municipality, including periods of absence which are approved by the governing body of this municipality or which arise by operation of law.
Any member of the police force who has been a regularly appointed employee of this municipality for a period of at least six months and who thereafter shall enter into the military service of the United States shall have credited to his employment record for pension or retirement benefits all of the time spent by him in such military service, if such person returns or has heretofore returned to his employment within six months after his separation from the service.
Any participant retiring hereunder shall be subject to serve, from time to time, as a police reserve in cases of riot, tumult or preservation of the public peace until unfitted for such service, whereupon he may be finally discharged from reserve service by reason of age or disability.
The amount of pension or retirement benefit payable to any police officer under this program shall be a sum equal to 1/2 of the monthly average salary of the participant during the last 60 months of employment. Such retirement benefits shall be payable monthly during the balance of a participant's life following actual retirement, and the benefits for any month shall be computed as the sum of: (i) any pension benefits from pension plans heretofore established by a private organization or association for the members of the police force, but only to the extent that the commonwealth or any of its municipalities shall have contributed to such pension plan monies raised by taxation; (ii) 50% of the primary benefits under federal social security laws for which the participant may be eligible because of age; and (iii) benefits from the pension fund established hereunder to the extent necessary to bring the total benefits in any month up to 1/2 of the aforesaid monthly average salary. Pension payments made under the provisions of this article shall not be a charge on any other fund in the treasury of the municipality or under its control save the police pension fund.
The governing body of this municipality hereby establishes and agrees to pay length-of-service increments equal to 2% of the monthly average salary of the participant during the last 60 months of employment per month for each completed year of service in excess of 20 years; however, in no event will the total of all such monthly length-of-service increments exceed $100. Such length-of-service increments will be paid in addition to other monthly pension or retirement allowances.
No participant contributions are required, all necessary annual contributions are the obligation of the municipality and shall be paid to the pension fund by annual appropriations.
Any payments made by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the municipality for police pension purposes shall be used as follows:
The municipality shall be the owner of all monies or property paid into the fund or annuities or policies purchased from insurance companies hereunder and the owner of any insurance and retirement income contracts acquired hereunder, and no participant prior to retirement shall have any right or interest in any portion of said monies or property; provided, however, that each participant shall be entitled to designate a beneficiary. In the event of termination or discontinuance of his employment with the municipality because of death, the participant's designated beneficiary or, in the absence thereof, his estate shall receive a death benefit equal to 2 1/2 times annual salary, subject to a maximum of $35,000.
The police pension fund shall be under the direction of the governing body of the municipality or such committee or persons as the governing body of the municipality may from time to time designate by resolution, who shall act as trustees of the pension fund, and such trustees shall have full responsibility for administration of the program established hereunder and shall hold, invest, reinvest and distribute all funds or other property received pursuant hereto in trust for the purposes of this article. The trustees may receive, at any time and from time to time, gifts, grants, devises or bequests to the pension fund of any money or property, real, personal or mixed, to be held by them in trust for the benefit of this fund and in accordance with the provisions hereof. The trustees shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may from time to time be adopted by the governing body of this municipality by ordinance or resolution.
The trustees shall have full power and authority by a majority action of the members, either directly or through their designated representatives, to do all acts; execute, acknowledge and deliver all instruments; and to exercise for the sole benefit of the participants hereunder any and all powers and discretions necessary to implement and effectuate the purposes of this article including, for purposes of illustration but not limited to, any and all of the following:
To hold, invest and reinvest all funds received pursuant to this article in such legal investments as may be authorized as legal investments under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
Upon prior written approval by the Township Supervisors, to enter into contracts or deposit agreements on behalf of this municipality with one or more insurance companies, in order to provide the pension and other benefits herein set forth, and to pay the premiums and deposits required by the purchase of said contracts;
To retain or purchase as an investment any form of annuity or contracts of similar nature, and to exercise with respect thereto any right or incident of ownership;
To retain any property which may at any time become an asset of the fund, as long as said trustees may deem it advisable; and
To make distribution of the monies in the fund in accordance with the terms of this article.
The pension payments herein provided for shall not be subject to attachment, execution, levy, garnishment or other legal process, and shall be payable only to the participant or his designated beneficiary. No participant or his beneficiary shall have any right to alienate, encumber or assign any assets of the fund held by the trustees on his behalf or any of the benefits or payments or proceeds of any contract or agreement purchased or acquired by the municipality hereunder.
Any contract or agreement purchased or acquired pursuant to this article upon the life of such participant shall contain a provision, in substance, that, to the extent permitted by law, none of the benefits or payments or proceeds of such contract or agreement shall be subject to any legal process by any creditor of such participant or beneficiary of such participant.
All contracts, agreements or funds held by the municipality for the purpose of providing pensions, annuities or retirement income or any of them, on any police officer who shall be a participant in the program herein established, shall be and hereby are transferred and assigned to the fund herein created. After such transfer, the police pension fund shall assume the liability, if any, of continuing the payment of pensions to members of the police force retired prior to such transfer in accordance with the laws and regulations under which such members were retired.
The expense of administering this pension program, including compensation of an actuary, any custodian of the fund and any other charges or expenses related thereto, exclusive of the payment of pensions, shall be paid by the municipality by appropriations made by the governing body of the municipality.